1942 Corn-Belt Billy Children's Book



Book measures 9.5 x 8 inches and includes 26 pages.

Corn-Belt Billy was written by Mabel Leigh Hunt and illustrated by Kurt Wiese. The story was copyrighted in 1938 by Story Parade, Inc. This edition was copyrighted by Grosset & Dunlap, inc. and was designed and produced by Artists and Writers Guild, Inc.

The book chronicles Billy's life on a corn farm and his eventual participation in the State Fair. Billy is initially embarrassed by his "hick" "farm boy" persona and hate's the nickname "Corn-belt Billy" in time however Billy learns about farming and the history of corn from his cousin, an extension worker for an agricultural college. He grows proud of his lineage and wins a silver cup for his corn at the State Fair.

About the author:

Mabel Leigh Hunt was born in Coatesville, Indiana in 1892 to Quaker parents. She died in 1971.

Hunt studied at DePauw University in Greencastle and for a year at Western Reserve University Library School in Cleveland. She was employed as a librarian at the Indianapolis Public Library from 1926 until 1938 when she left her position to become a full-time writer.

Hunt's first book, Lucinda, A Little Girl of 1860 was published in 1934. The book was based on Hunt's and her mothers life experiences. Hunt wrote many other books related to her Quaker background and was a Newbery Medal runner-up twice; for Have You Seen Tom Thumb? and Better Know as Johnny Appleseed. Better Known as Johnny Appleseed was also listed by the New York Herald-Tribune as one of the best Western books ever written.

About the illustrator:
Kurt Wiese, a non-fiction writer and self taught painter was born in Minden, Germany in 1887 and died in Idell, New Jersey in 1974.

He was an incredibly prolific illustrator, eventually illustrating over 300 children's books. He is best know for illustrating the original Bambi book. Wiese won the Caldecott medal for Children's Literature twice.

The publisher, Grosset & Dunlap was founded in the US in 1898. The company published many popular children's books, including: The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift and obtained permission to reprint the acclaimed "Burgess Books" by Thornton Burgess. The company is now part of the British publishing conglomerate, Pearson PLC. Today, Through the Penguin Group, it's American subsidiary, they publish approximately 170 titles a year.

Condition: Good condition with minor wear and a couple small pencil marks. The owner's name is written on the inside front cover in pencil and most of the pages have noticeable creases near the binding. (see pics) The binding is tight and the book is complete.

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